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Where to stay near Milan?

Looking for advice on a small town in the mountains to stay within a few hours of Milan? We would like to do a hike that can start within walking distance of a train or bus, and prefer a town that may offer reasonable accommodations, and that is interesting to walk around. We will stay a day, and then take train to Milan to meet with others.

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One thought that comes to mind is Stresa, which is only about an hour from Milan. As I recall there are some hiking trails on Mt. Mottarone, so you could take the Cable Car to the top and hike back down. Here's one website that describes that.....

You could also have a look at.....

  • Lugano - I vaguely recall some hiking on Mt. San Salvatore
  • Locarno - take the Funicular and Cable Car up to Cardada, which is just above the city. Lots of hiking in beautiful alpine meadows.